SULPHUR — While Dawson Muck, DJ Hynes, Jared Williams and Houston Haines were always known as standout athletes at Sulphur in many sports, Wednesday morning the fearsome foursome was known for something else a little more special.

SULPHUR — While Dawson Muck, DJ Hynes, Jared Williams and Houston Haines were always known as standout athletes at Sulphur in many sports, Wednesday morning the fearsome foursome was known for something else a little more special.

The four standout athletes officially put pen to paper on their individual National Letters of Intent to play college sports as Haines will play football for East Central University in Ada, Hynes will suit up on the gridiron for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Williams will hit the links to play college golf for William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Muck will lace up his cleats to play baseball for Randall University in Moore.

With a standing room only crowd of coaches, teammates, friends and family, the four standout Bulldog athletes made their futures official with a rousing applause being heard moments after the signings. 

“Everything is just great for me when it comes to East Central football,” Haines said. “They have a new coaching staff coming in and I’m very excited for what they are going to do for this program. The campus is great, and the facilities are nice. But, the important thing for me was the people there treated me like family and that was amazing to me.”

The new head coach is the former assistant offensive line coach from the University of Wisconsin in Al Johnson.

Haines was one of 22 total freshman signed to the Tigers squad by Johnson and his staff during their first National Signing Day Period.

East Central will be looking to rebound from a disappointing 2017 season in which the Tigers went 2-9 overall, including an 0-5 mark at home.

Haines had a standout season on the Bulldogs football team, as he was named as the District 3A-4 MVP on the All-District awards list at the end of the season. Sulphur made the state semifinals for the first time since 2004 this season.

Meanwhile Hynes will kick start his college football career at the junior college level with the Norsemen from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.

This past season, NEO went 9-3 overall, including 4-2 in conference play.

Hynes this season was an Honorable Mention selection at defensive tackle on the All-District awards list. The 6’ 9” 270 pound standout lineman is ready to prove himself at the college level

“This is really exciting for me, and I just have no words for what this means to me,” he said. “I’m just ready to go and work hard. I’m going to play at offensive tackle because of my size. I usually play defense but whatever gets me noticed I’m willing to go and work at.”

“The coaches and the staff were tremendous to me on campus,” Hynes added. “This is almost like the Alabama of the junior college football world to me so I’m very excited.”

Despite being named as a first-team selection on offense at quarterback this season, Dawson Muck is going to take his talents to the diamond in college, as he will suit up for the Randall University Saints.

“I’m ready to start, this is an exciting feeling for me and it feels great,” Muck said. “I’ll probably be in center field when I start playing. Having a good work ethic in this program at Sulphur has prepared me for this next challenge.”

“Randall is a Free Will Baptist college, and it felt right for me when I visited,” Muck added. “I’m planning on going into the ministry, so getting to play baseball as well was just a bonus for me.” 

Atmosphere was another big factor for Williams in his decision to play golf at William Carey.

“This has always been a dream of mine to play a college sport,” he said. “It just feels great to make this official. I want to go into Christian ministry, and this is a Christian campus. I fell in love with the campus and the people were great. I just felt at home there.”